When searching for electric mobility scooters, you can quickly become overwhelmed with the various terms and industry jargon. What is the difference, if any, between a mobility scooter and a mobile scooter? Is a power scooter the same as a foldable mobility scooter? Various scooter brands use colorful terms to define their different mobility scooters. Though these brands can be very distinct, the one thing in common is that they all sell electric scooters for adults that provide the ability for people with mobility difficulties to keep up with their family, friends and active lifestyles.
These ‘electric mobility scooters’ have differences ranging from the capacity (think ‘range’) of the scooter battery to the choice of configuration. Do you want a highly maneuverable three-wheeled scooter or a four-wheeled model? A light, foldable mobility scooter or a heavier traditional model? Though easily confusing, with a little help, it is easy to sort out what is important for your purchase.
First and foremost is scooter size and weight. When comparing electric mobility scooters you will find that they can range from ~40lbs to over 100lbs. Most disassemble to some extent, but the first important question to answer is finding out the weight of the heaviest part. This is the main determining factor of how ‘mobile’ the scooter actually is. Can you easily load it into your trunk and take it various places?
Next is defining your lifestyle; what do you intend to use your scooter for primarily? Do you plan on having a scooter for daily uses like shopping, or is it primarily for travel on airplanes or to take cruises? Do you think your scooter will need to be able to be easily carried up stairs, climb hills or some other specific need? Maybe your ideal scooter needs to fulfill all of these roles, stable and convenient for everyday use while being compact and light for easy travel. Determining your needs will allow you to know if you need a FAA approved or Cruise Line approved foldable mobility scooter or can indicate if front-wheel drive is important to your lifestyle for the hill-climbing ability it confers. Make sure you also read user experiences about the electric mobility scooters you are considering.
Stability is always an important factor in scooter choice. One option is to choose a heavier traditional four-wheeled scooter if stability is a possible issue or if you are confined to a seated position by a disability. Many heavier four-wheeled scooters are FDA/Medicare approved as ‘power mobility devices’. It is a key part of your buying decision to understand whether you need a mobility scooter or a medically approved device for people with mobility disabilities. If your lifestyle demands a lightweight, foldable mobility scooter, choosing a three-wheeled scooter with an adjustable wheelbase allows control over the mobility scooter’s stability and ‘stance.’
SmartScoot™ provides a lightweight, foldable mobility scooter employing a variable speed control, front-wheel drive as well as an adjustable wheelbase and seat height for stability and comfort. You can find out more about what makes SmartScoot™ different here. You can also read testimonials from SmartScoot™ owners!